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Chinese fir
Scots Pine
Montezuma Pine
Western Hemlock
Cedar of Lebanon
Western Hemlock
Western Himalayan Pine
Western Red Cedar
Lawson's Cypress
Leylandii
Nootka
Stone Pine
Japanese Douglas Fir
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Japanese Red Cedar
Coast Redwood
Corsican Pine
Oriental Pine
Norway Spruce
Sequoia
Sequoia
Monterey Cypress
Juniper
Deodar Cedar
Tiger Tail Spruce
Dawn Cedar
Noble Fir
Dunkeld Larch
Lots of cones
Taiwania
Lawson Cypress
Douglas Fir
Giant Redwood
Brewers Spruce
Incense Cedar
Eastern Hemlock
Jeffrey Pine
Sitka Spruce
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Umbrella Pine
Incense Cedar
Sitka Spruce
Oriental Spruce
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Jeza Spruce
Leylandii
Carolina Hemlock
Thuja
Spanish Fir
Larch
Norway Spruce
Juniper
Monterey Pine
Chinese Fir
Patagonian Cypress
Giant Redwood
Bhutan Pine
Maritime Pine
Chinese fir
Scots Pine
Montezuma Pine
Western Hemlock
Cedar of Lebanon
Western Hemlock
Western Himalayan Pine
Western Red Cedar
Lawson's Cypress
Leylandii
Nootka
Stone Pine
Japanese Douglas Fir
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Japanese Red Cedar
Coast Redwood

Conifers

We’ve always been lovers of traditional broadleaf woodland.  Most of the conifers we encountered were in plantations, where they’d been planted to produce timber in a short time frame.  Conifer plantations can seem sterile compared to a broadleaf woodland, with the floor devoid of anything other than needles and the odd wood ant colony.  Often trees fall over because they have a shallow root system.  Still, they can be a useful resource for our bushcraft (although we don’t have any in our ancient woodland), and make shelter building straightforward as well as firewood collection easy, but overall, we prefer broadleaf.

After a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum a few years back, and seeing conifers left to grow as they would in the wild, we changed our minds a little about them.  Some of the trees were stunning and looked nothing like their cousins in a plantation, for example the western hemlock was nothing like the ones we were familiar with from plantations such as Clowes Wood.  If you’re into facts and figures, conifers provide the record breakers as far as trees are concerned – the tallest, widest, heaviest, oldest trees are all species of conifer.

You can find loads of photos of our ancient broadleaf woodland, and of our courses, on our Facebook page.